As part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore Hartlebury Castle and open it up to the public, Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust wanted to establish a route through the historic parkland. The path, which follows the moat, past the lost gardens and through a wetland area, needed to provide a safe and inclusive route through this damp area that would fit in well with the picturesque surroundings.
The purpose of the walkway was to enable people to enjoy the view back to the castle, which hadn’t been possible for a very long time due to the overgrown vegetation.
A raised section through the wetlands was constructed using Marley Antislip Plus decking. The path was cleared, some trees were removed, a small bridge was erected, and the decking installed.
To achieve this, Marley Antislip Plus Smooth boards were chosen. Marley was able to supply the boards precision-cut to 1.6m lengths; this helped to speed up construction and make installation easier, while also helping to reduce the wastage on site..
Antislip Plus timber decking boards are designed to provide a durable and effective antislip surface to minimise the risk of slipping, even in wet conditions. Since the wetland area where the decking was to be installed was also heavily wooded, the risk of slip was increased due to leaves falling on the decking and the chance of overgrowth. The smooth profile of the Antislip Plus ensures the surface is easier to maintain and keep clean as dirt and debris cannot accumulate - which can sometimes happen with a traditional castellated board.
The walkway project was completed in Spring 2018 and construction of the 150m section of decking took about three weeks. The project also included a bridge over a stream that was also decked with Antislip Plus.
The client is happy with the result, and is looking forward to the next phase of work: “The strategy for the Trust is now to attract more visitors to make the castle sustainable and preserve its beauty for the enjoyment of future generations. Now they’ve invested in making the building more accessible, it’s a great day out and a family friendly visitor attraction.”